RESULTS OF RURAL SKILLS CONTEST BRIGHTEN UP ROADSIDE
A length of hedge along a quiet lane in Gloucestershire, between Chipping Campden and Shipston-Upon-Stour was transformed over the weekend to produce a sight well worth taking a look at.
The annual North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition was held on Saturday 17th November and resulted in a beautifully laid length of hedge along May Lane, the road into the village of Ebrington just off the B4035.
Competition organiser Mark Connelly, from the Cotswolds Conservation Board said:
"The competition attracted many spectators; even people who were intending to take a walk through the countryside changed their plans and stopped to watch the hedglayers at work.
The finished results really are quite stunning to see and a fine example of a traditional rural craft that is kept alive by events of this kind."
In all, 26 hedgelayers were given the chance to pit their skills against others in four classes, designed to match their abilities; Open, Veteran, Junior Beginners and Novice and Beginners pairs.
The competition was organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supported by The National Hedgelaying Society. It was held courtesy of DE and DM Drinkwater and Sons.
Notes to editors:
Main contact Mark Connelly: Tel: 01451 862006 Mobile: 07841 663606
The Cotswolds Conservation Board runs an annual programme of two day hedgelaying training courses at a cost of £55.
The beginners course covers the basics of hedgelaying in the midlands style including clearing, trimming, cutting and laying the pleacher, staking and binding. This year's courses take place: near Great Rissington on November 24th & 25th, December 1st & 2nd, January 19th & 20th, February 2nd & 3rd.
Cotswolds AONB fact file
• The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the
Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members,
17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed
• The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of
• With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs
in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special
character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square
miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north,
through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the
Press contact: Claire Cunningham
Tel: 01451 862003
Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
Tel: 01451 862000 Website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk